Recommended: Wearing the Letter P
By Sophie Hodorowicz Knab

Sophie Knab

In her new book Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab brings out of the recesses of history an overlooked aspect of the Holocaust: the enslavement of Polish women during the Third Reich. Carefully documented and thoroughly researched, the book gathers evidence from more than a hundred survivors, who experienced and witnessed starvation, horrifying medical experiments, sexual exploitation, and unimaginable brutality at the hands of their German keepers.

In the course of her interviews and research, Knap discovered rare documents and photographs, many of which are from the personal collections of survivors and their families—some, as on the cover, even showing women forced to wear the letter P for Polish. Among the remarkable aspects of this book is the way it slowly unveils the horror as the Nazis intensify their search for slave labor and increase the cruelty inflicted on captive women and children.

Best known for her delightful books about Polish traditions, cooking, and customs, Knap has dedicated this important work to her mother, who was a forced laborer in Germany from 1943 to 1945. Wearing the Letter P is an extraordinary achievement.

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